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Yatesbury is a village adjacent to Cherhillmarker, 1 mile north of the A4 road between Calnemarker and Marlboroughmarker in Wiltshiremarker, Englandmarker. Yatesbury forms part of The Oldbury Benefice, which comprises the five parishes of Cherhillmarker, Compton Bassettmarker, Heddingtonmarker, Calstonemarker Wellington and Yatesbury.

RAF Yatesbury

Proposed plans for development of the site of RAF Yatesbury
First opened as an air base in World War I, RAF Yatesbury continued operations in the interwar years before again taking on a major role in World War II. From 1936 onwards, RAF Yatesbury and RAF Compton Bassettmarker were major Radio and Radar Training Schools, RAF Townsend a satellite landing ground and RAF Cherhill was 27 Group Headquarters Technical Training Command.In the village church there are reminders of its military past, with a small number of war graves from both major conflicts.

After closure, the Radar and Wireless training school transferred to RAF Lockingmarker. The aircraft hangars and air strip, although now farmland, can still be seen from the A4. The buildings, site and surrounding area were featured in the video to the 1988 No.1 hit song "Doctorin' the Tardis" by The Timelords. The airfield is presently subject to a planning application to be restored and converted to residential apartments.


Yatesbury today has a population of approximately 150 people. Whilst having no shops or amenities, the village is on major cycle route (Sustrans route 4) and is often passed through by cyclists and walkers. The John Stewart (Village) hall (Situated next to All Saints church in the centre of the village) has recently been extended with the addition of a toilet block and disabled access.

The Granary at Manor Farm, Yatesbury, was restored by the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust in 2006–2007.

Famous former residents include singer/songwriter/author Julian Cope, who lived in the village until 2006. He has referenced the town in the song 'My Wall' in which he collaborated with the American drone metal band Sunn 0))).


  1. Welcome to the Yatesbury Association
  2. RAF Yatesbury
  3. Yatesbury Nothing Compares
  4. Colin Johns, Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust 1967-2007 (2007) - full text online, p. 30
  5. Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage
julian cope still lives in the village, as well as Toxic Delerium , guitarist with the band Jonestown

External links Information about the history of RAF Yatesbury

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